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Blur — There's No Other Way
Album: Leisure
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 794









Released: 1991
Length: 3:18
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You're taking the fun
Out of everything
Making me run
When I don't want to think
You're taking the fun
Out of everything
I don't want to think at all

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do
Is watch them play

You're taking the fun
Out of everything
You're making it clear
When I don't want to think
You're taking me up when
I don't want to go up anymore
I'm just watching it all

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do
Is watch them play

I'll watch you play
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 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Should I rate this a 9 or a 10? Please reply!

9 in the meantime 


I would give it a 10 if it was an original Madchester tune. It was only a homage, or am I wrong? Still have to watch 24 Hour Party People
 

By your rationale, it's a 10. It is a proper Madchester tune. They weren't a Madchester band, since most of their songs weren't that style, but this song ticks off every box for the Baggy genre IMO.
Still great after all the years.
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Should I rate this a 9 or a 10? Please reply!

9 in the meantime 


I would give it a 10 if it was an original Madchester tune. It was only a homage, or am I wrong? Still have to watch 24 Hour Party People
 

When this came out the madchester baggy scene was still in full effect. It' kinda died out around '97.

Source: Me I'm from UK and lived through this period.
Should I rate this a 9 or a 10? Please reply!

9 in the meantime 


I would give it a 10 if it was an original Madchester tune. It was only a homage, or am I wrong? Still have to watch 24 Hour Party People
Brings me back....
 All day long!!! What a band!
{#Bananajam}
This is a very underrated album - good from beginning to end! 
Stone Roses clone. Or brother. Cousin. Emulator. Equivalent. 
 treatment_bound wrote:

Thanks for the link, kcar. 

I found this quote from Patsy after the split the most satisfying:

>>Hinting at his famed dislike for rival band Blur, she added: "I can put Blur on if I want, and I don't have to dodge Jack Daniels bottles. It's liberating."<<

Rock stars...They're just like you and me, except when they get pissed off at "The Mrs.", they chuck an empty bottle of JD at 'em!
 
It's always interesting to see the non-public side of celebrities like rock stars. They're often pretty limited and emotionally stunted. Liam was and is a complete dick, but Patsy doesn't come across as terribly strong or self-assured ("But she said that she was "terrified of going out" because of the shame of people knowing how she was abandoned"  after Liam moved out of their home). 

Britney Spears takes the cake, though. I caught a bit of the TV reality special "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic" and this segment still scares me: people can be famous, accomplished and incredibly stupid:

"With heartbreaking and hilarious earnestness, she asks Federline if he’s seen Back To The Future and consequently can tell her conclusively whether people can actually time-travel in real life. She’s not joking. When Federline assures her that they can’t, Spears says that maybe they can but haven’t quite gotten around to telling her yet."

Sure you can read this snarky description of a stoned Britney babbling as Kevin films her, or watch the clip of this timeless nadir of humanity, but please don't. You will feel dirty, ashamed and angry for wasting precious moments of your life. Stupidity can be contagious, so protect yourself.
 nutrod42 wrote:
The chords at the beginning are so weird.

 
They're not that weird, they sound good though.
The chords at the beginning are so weird.
I'm always so impressed how clever they were referencing See Emily Play by Floyd in this tune!  
Sounds like "Happy Mondays" and "Jesus Jones". Didn't realize until now that there was an early '90s sound.
The "Incense & Peppermints" of the 90s.

This song is like crack for me. Loaded with great hooks. 9. 
 kcar wrote: 
Thanks for the link, kcar. 

I found this quote from Patsy after the split the most satisfying:

>>Hinting at his famed dislike for rival band Blur, she added: "I can put Blur on if I want, and I don't have to dodge Jack Daniels bottles. It's liberating."<<

Rock stars...They're just like you and me, except when they get pissed off at "The Mrs.", they chuck an empty bottle of JD at 'em!

Damon Albarn when 'e was a wee lad.
me Likey like, NOT!
{#Crashcomp} 
{#Moon}{#Ass}
 EssexTex wrote:
There's hate both ways....it's far less one way then that...the North's full of great people and idiots just like the South is.
That whole Blur Oasis thing was just a media thing...The Beatles and the Stones did it years ago.
 
I barely remember hearing about that back then--supposedly a serious debate about which band was truly great, with Blur getting slagged mostly. These days Oasis seems like it was really overrated at the time.

Does anyone care about the Gallaghers these days? Has Patsy Kensit dried her tears? 

Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit in photo--Liam looks like he's about to cry!
Crying? Singing? Stoned? Or just sick of each other? 



Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
Flash back!  Thanks!
 
Damn, man, I'd forgotten this entirely, and am, of course, now dancing. 
Uber-groovy.


marvelous...  love it...


 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 

Sweet little combination of melody, lyrics, vocals, and reverb.  Permanently on my party playlist!

edit:  Jeez!  Is this really twenty years old?!!
I'm not crazy about some of Blur's music, but I like this piece.  Very 60's retro.
They were a nice little pop band, I have nothing bad to say about them.
This Android widget is awesome! Now I can take Radio Paradise with me everywhere. Blur's cool too.
Lovely bit of melody and atmosphere, isn't it? 
 salice wrote:


I take issue with your chronology and your assessment!
 
it's definitely madchestery tho.  Midmadchester madness perhaps?  {#Bounce}


 jjjss20 wrote:
Post madchester drivel, their later albums are so much better.
 

I take issue with your chronology and your assessment!
Post madchester drivel, their later albums are so much better.


We still be dancing...  love it...




This song is soooo gooood for the ears...


Daaaaaaaannnng man, these guys really DID define the way music would sound for years afterward, didn't they? And Damon Albarn (and the other guys too) have all continued to produce nothing but awesome.
I have this cd - it's the first release from Blur, not an outstanding cd but it has it's moments. This is one of the better songs off it. Brings back memories from the early 90s - when shoegazer bands ruled {#Music}
 rtrudeau wrote:
Last comment on this song was really a year ago? Wow! I've never heard of this band, but I'm enjoying the sound.
  You have never heard of Blur?? You are kidding right??


Last comment on this song was really a year ago? Wow! I've never heard of this band, but I'm enjoying the sound.
Dave_B wrote:
Having lived in Manchester for a while I can assure you the amount of dumb and incomprehensible residents is no greater than can be encountered in other major cities. Being 'northern' though, they do have to put up with quite a bit of ignorant derision from snotty, self important idiots from London.
There's hate both ways....it's far less one way then that...the North's full of great people and idiots just like the South is. That whole Blur Oasis thing was just a media thing...The Beatles and the Stones did it years ago.
Dave_B wrote:
Having lived in Manchester for a while I can assure you the amount of dumb and incomprehensible residents is no greater than can be encountered in other major cities. Being 'northern' though, they do have to put up with quite a bit of ignorant derision from snotty, self important idiots from London.
I could listen to this song for hours.
Dave_B wrote:
Having lived in Manchester for a while I can assure you the amount of dumb and incomprehensible residents is no greater than can be encountered in other major cities. Being 'northern' though, they do have to put up with quite a bit of ignorant derision from snotty, self important idiots from London.
Londoners v Northern England in an insult fest. Hmmmm. I like it!
Always a song to prevent me from working. :dancingbanana_2:
Dave_B wrote:
Having lived in Manchester for a while I can assure you the amount of dumb and incomprehensible residents is no greater than can be encountered in other major cities. Being 'northern' though, they do have to put up with quite a bit of ignorant derision from snotty, self important idiots from London.
Ouch
brighthue wrote:
Do I hear an echo of Syd Barrett here?
I was about to write the very same thing. But it's Syd without the playfulness, insight, genius and LSD.
Do I hear an echo of Syd Barrett here?
peter75 wrote:
Jesus, what an asshole you are.
:ass: peter75 wrote:
Life is too short to put up with the moronic ramblings of some of the people who crawl out of the woodwork on to this site......
:cheers:
Ja300Mes wrote:
WAY cool guitar riff! I feel like burning this song onto a disc and blasting it out of my car windows! I would drive fast, but I have a really slow car...
Burn your car.
Excellent groove.
djinnthespazz wrote:
But can YOU tell the difference between Detroit and Chicago? Huh? I thought not.
Detroit - Techno Chicago - House
great tuney
WAY cool guitar riff! I feel like burning this song onto a disc and blasting it out of my car windows! I would drive fast, but I have a really slow car...
Tireux_De_Roche wrote:
Simple. Detroit has the Red Wings and Chicago has the Blackhawks. Duh.
*grins*
djinnthespazz wrote:
But can YOU tell the difference between Detroit and Chicago? Huh? I thought not.
Simple. Detroit has the Red Wings and Chicago has the Blackhawks. Duh.
This sure sounds different from most of the Blur songs I know.
peter75 wrote:
Jesus, what an asshole you are. You only have to listen to the fucking accents. Of course Blur are from London, Oasis, Stone Roses from Manchester (ie. dumb, incomprehenszible and northern).
But can YOU tell the difference between Detroit and Chicago? Huh? I thought not.
I LOVE this album cover.
peter75 wrote:
Jesus, what an asshole you are. You only have to listen to the fucking accents. Of course Blur are from London, Oasis, Stone Roses from Manchester (ie. dumb, incomprehenszible and northern).
Having lived in Manchester for a while I can assure you the amount of dumb and incomprehensible residents is no greater than can be encountered in other major cities. Being 'northern' though, they do have to put up with quite a bit of ignorant derision from snotty, self important idiots from London.
RichardPrins wrote:
:dance:
Rotown... Of elders vaak gehoord?
Blur's best here!
:dance:
randomprime wrote:
Wikipedia says Stone Roses and Blur were both part of the very same genre: Manchester Baggy or some such. And we know the wiki is never wrong.
Jesus, what an asshole you are. You only have to listen to the fucking accents. Of course Blur are from London, Oasis, Stone Roses from Manchester (ie. dumb, incomprehenszible and northern).
I still can't believe these guys played Ziggy's in Winston-Salem. That place is a dump, but Blur made it all good in the hood.
back to school..... back to brit pop.....back to blur vs. oasis and vice versa..... great fun, great years, no much more than this in this tune.
They suffer severely from the 'cool paradox'. They just try too hard to be clever and 'cool'. Not that I particularly hate them either.
this album is way more brilliant than "Definitely Maybe".... I think.
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
As a London band, Blur were the antithesis to all things Manchester. The Oasis / Blur thing was partly a class thing, partly a geographical thing.
Wikipedia says Stone Roses and Blur were both part of the very same genre: Manchester Baggy or some such. And we know the wiki is never wrong.
Anyone else hear the Stone Roses?
Makes me want to STAND in the place where I work, then face west.
DjThirteenP wrote:
Sort of channeling the Kinks a little bit, vocally, or am I imagining things again?
You are definately imagining things.
Ah it's all coming into focus now.
Sort of channeling the Kinks a little bit, vocally, or am I imagining things again?
randomprime wrote:
Wow, 1992 Manchesteresque flashback!
As a London band, Blur were the antithesis to all things Manchester. The Oasis / Blur thing was partly a class thing, partly a geographical thing.
Major upswing in quality from Clap Your Hands.
:music:
amazing to track albarn's musical evolution from this to now... a man of his times at all times. and on a second note, i can remember looking at the album cover way back then, and wondering what that girl's eyebrows would look like after she got out of the pool...
:bounce:
I'm a big fan of Blur... especially their early stuff. :good-vibes: Blur makes me happy.
Tux wrote:
Sorry, it doesn't move me. In any direction. This is an example of a 5. You don't even notice the song is over. Doesn't bother me and doesn't grab my attention. More like void. Maybe it needs some alohomora or flipendo
How about cowbell?? :lol: :dance:
Hannio wrote:
If this doesn't get you moving, then rigor mortis must have set in.
Sorry, it doesn't move me. In any direction. This is an example of a 5. You don't even notice the song is over. Doesn't bother me and doesn't grab my attention. More like void. Maybe it needs some alohomora or flipendo
If this doesn't get you moving, then rigor mortis must have set in.
Platypus wrote:
so awesome to finally hear something from their first and greatest album on RP. bravo.
I agree! I'm thrilled it was uploaded and that it gets "airtime."
Schmackdown wrote:
Great album. "Bang" is a stellar track from this disc.
"Repetition" is my fave. Followed closely by this one.
Wow, 1992 Manchesteresque flashback!
so awesome to finally hear something from their first and greatest album on RP. bravo.
Great album. "Bang" is a stellar track from this disc.
Wow, I just had a flashback to the early 90's! Madchester rave on! :propeller.gif:
:bounce: :bounce: Fun!!!
Because of the intro I was thinking of the way the Stones approach Funk/Soul music, which I can often relate to very much. Well, it appears to be British so in that respect the link is quite obvious. Good sound, though I got my doubts about the song.
That bass groove... that little nod to 'Lucifer Sam.' Thank goodness for Britpop!
faramir wrote:
anyone else think the opening guitar is very reminiscient of The Cure's Never Enough?
Not so much. I think it's just plain groovy. Baby. :)
anyone else think the opening guitar is very reminiscient of The Cure's Never Enough?
:jump: Early Blur having that 'Manchester' sound... and like the Stone Roses too this one... First Blur song I heard and bought...